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Plumbing Spring Cleaning

You know the saying, April showers bring May flowers…well if you’re not in Arizona. So maybe that doesn’t hold. But it is Spring and with Spring comes cleaning. Here are some pro plumbing tips to keep in mind as you go about freshening up your home and breathing life into it from the chilly winter to make sure everything is up to snuff.

As you go through your bathrooms and kitchens cleaning, check all your faucets for leaks. If your faucets are dripping or leaking, make a note to get them repaired to save water.

Head into the bathroom and look towards the toilet. Find any leaks hidden from sight by adding food coloring to the tank. If any of that color finds its way into the bowl in under 30 minutes, you’ve got yourself a leak in need of repair!

Test all the water valves in sinks and toilets to make sure they’re not stuck or sticking. The last thing you want is to find the shut off valves are broken as your floor is being completely flooded.

Poor water down the drains to check for any slow or blocked drains.  If you suspect a drain has some blockage get it snaked before it is completely blocked and leaves your pipes backed up.

When it comes to cleaning, now might be the time to make surface repairs to your tubs and sinks. Often these fixtures can find themselves chipped, and a simple porcelain/sink repair kit can do wonders. While you’re getting everything else on point, why not do basic repairs? But that’s not our area of expertise, so we’ll pause before we offer too much advice on that front.

If you’re outside getting your pool ready like we detailed last time, then it would be a good time to investigate your yard for any plumbing issues. An easy(ish) way to check for the location of a possible leak is to use your water meter’s flow gauge. With everything turned off the gauge shouldn’t be moving. If it is, there may be a leak. If it’s outside, all you have to do is turn off the main shut off valve to the home and if the gauge is moving the leak is somewhere outside, if the valve is on then it is found inside. From there it’s a matter of hunting it down room by room.

Well look at that, we got carried away there on the hunt for leaks, didn’t we? As your Spring starts and you busy yourself around the house getting everything repaired and cleaned up, use that time to ensure your plumbing is performing perfectly, otherwise make notes and schedule a service visit if you need it. Til next time!

 

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